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From The Vault

Celebrate decades of life, work and play at the Institute. This collection includes vintage films from the MIT Museum's archive dating back to the 1920s, in addition to recent video recordings of lectures, symposia and special events that span the sciences, technology and humanities.

The production of this collection is made possible in part through the generous support of Jane and A. Neil Pappalardo '64.

Collection videos

"Centerbeam" (1978) by John Ruben and Richard Leacock

"Centerbeam" (1978) by John Ruben a...

Added over 1 year ago | 00:10:10 | 811 views |

1978 CENTERBEAM: 20 min. A document of Documenta. John Ruben and Leacock film of the Centerbeam art machine created by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies of MIT, in Cissel, Germany

"How Fast Is Fast?" (1994) - Harold “Doc” Edgerton

"How Fast Is Fast?" (1994) - Harold...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:20:25 | 10931 views

Take a look at the life and effect that Harold "Doc" Edgerton had on MIT and the world, in "How Fast is Fast?" produced by the Edgerton Foundation in 1994. The film presents a wide-ranging compilation of film clips and interviews. Doc ...

"Big City 1980" (1961) - MIT Centennial Film

"Big City 1980" (1961) - MIT Centen...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:52:36 | 25535 views

MIT professor and architectural engineer John E. Burchard '23 accompanies the program host, Garry Moore, as they consider together what the urban future holds: how and where we will live in 1980, twenty years ahead? They take Philadelphi...

"ds = dQ/T and YOU!" (1961) - MIT Centennial Roundtable

"ds = dQ/T and YOU!" (1961) - MIT C...

Added over 4 years ago | 00:59:44 | 10659 views |

A roster of luminaries including Jerome Wiesner, Jerrold Zacharias and John Burchard of MIT, discuss the significance of science and technology together with Raymond Aron of the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Isadore Rabi of Columbia Univ...

"The Social Beaver" (1956)

"The Social Beaver" (1956)

Added over 4 years ago | 00:30:24 | 6987 views |

A promotional film for prospective students and visitors to MIT, “The Social Beaver” focuses on the community living and range of social and cultural activities that round out a student’s life at MIT, from music groups to hobby clubs, th...

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